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If getting hands-on is more your thing, join in the drum-making workshop with Squamish Nation's Alice Guss on Sunday, Jan. 30 at 1 p.m. Guss will teach participants to make a 14-inch traditional deer hide drum and stick and share insight on why drumming is so important to her people. The cost to take part in the workshop is $130, which includes all materials and admission to the SLCC's exhibits. To sign up for the course, contact tsawaysia@hotmail.com or call 604-897-1421.


Imre, Keith recognized for excellence


The Sea to Sky corridor is home to many talented artists, but two truly stood out this year: Lani Imre and Paige Keith. The two women have been selected as recipients of the 2010 Artist Award of Excellence, an annual designation awarded by the Whistler Arts Council (WAC) and La Bocca Restaurant, taking home $1,000 prize along with the honour.

Lani Imre, a painter, won the award in the Professional Artist category. She lives in Squamish part-time, and has studied at the Kootenay School of the Arts and the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design University. Her work focuses on large-scale mixed media paintings featuring "an entourage of virtualized female characters," but she also has an extensive background in sculptural ceramics, drawing, printmaking and painting.

Paige Keith, a sketch artist and painter, received the honour in the Emerging artist category. Keith has lived in Whistler since she was four years old. She began her career as a sketch artist and painter as a teen, receiving formal training at a two-week intensive art academy, which allowed her to find her own personal technique and passion. Now, she is pursuing her Honours degree in Fine Art at the University of Victoria.

"We are blessed with many wonderful and talented artists here in Whistler and in the Sea to Sky Corridor. Lani Imre and Paige Keith greatly deserve this award and congratulations for excelling in their field," Joan Pitman, Chair of the Whistler Arts Council board of directors, said in a release. "We are grateful to La Bocca Restaurant and the Arts and Culture Legacy Fund for providing the funding required to offer these awards of excellence."

Both Imre and Keith were chosen based on the quality of their body of work coupled with the idea and intention behind their work, the effectiveness of their artistic practice, the impact their art has on those experiencing it, and the contribution their work has made to the development of their own artistic practice, the art form and the arts in general. They were selected by a panel of jurors who evaluated their work for concept, calibre, clarity and focus, originality and vitality, artistic risk and quality of presentation.

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